Cavalleria Rusticana 
Production Team

This talented and creative team will bring our production to life. As with our soloists, we  provide opportunities for those who are behind the scenes to advance their careers.

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Stephen Carr

Stage Director

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Cameron Davis

Projection Designer

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Chris Humphrey

Lighting Designer

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Amanda Eason

Costune Designer

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Sara Baruffaldi

Assistant Costume Designer

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Lin-Mei Lay

Stage Manager

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Ness Wong

Assistant Stage Manager

 
Stephen Carr
Stage Director
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Stephen Carr returned to South Korea this season for Lucia di Lammermoor with the Korean National Symphony and makes his Canadian directorial debut with Cavalleria Rusticana for Toronto City Opera. His all-new 2019 production of La Bohème for Daejeon Opera was hailed by Auditorium as "A significant milestone... A futuristic staging that remains grounded in realism, bringing both a new sense of intimacy and a surprising freshness to the piece. It breathes new vitality into this well-known storyline.” 
 
Other recent international projects include Turandot and Tosca at the Seoul Arts Center under the batons of Maestro Julian Kovatchev and John Fiore, and Le Nozze di Figaro with Maestro Shao-Chia Lü and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. For Daegu Opera, he led an international cast of conservatory students in an all-new production of Così fan tutte, featuring young artists from the conservatories of Vienna, Stuttgart, Milan, and Shanghai. Other overseas productions have included Japanese translations of Company, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrors in Tokyo. His additional credits include past engagements with the Washington National Opera, Seoul Arts Center, Daegu Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera North, Opera Naples, Ohio Light Opera, Eastman Opera Theater, and Center City Opera of Philadelphia.


Stephen's performance credits include New York, touring, and regional productions of Ragtime, Cabaret (London), Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour), and The Scarlet Pimpernel. He can be heard on recordings for the Newport Classics label. Stephen is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM Voice, MM Stage Directing), the Royal Academy of Music, London (PGD Musical Theatre, LRAM), and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of the Washington National Opera.

Stephen spent eight years as an Associate Professor of Opera and Musical Theater Studies at the Eastman School of Music, as well as Associate Artistic Director of Eastman Opera Theater. His productions at Eastman included Les Dialogues des Carmélites, which was awarded the American Prize for Stage Directing, and Into the Fire, a collection of staged chamber works by composer Jake Heggie.

 

During the Covid pandemic, he programmed, staged, and filmed original programs of the solo vocal music of Missy Mazzoli, Ben Moore, and Anthony Davis, curated in collaboration with the composers. He has also served on the faculty of the Interlochen Summer Arts Institute and is currently a Visiting Professor of Musical Theater at the Senzoku Gakuen Conservatory of Music in Tokyo, where he helped to create one of the leading undergraduate musical theater programs in Asia. 

 

Stephen is committed to helping music conservatories find ways to offer more equitable, student-centered, and stylistically diverse training and is currently pursuing PhD research studies at York University in Toronto.

Cameron Davis
Projection Designer
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Selected credits include: projection designer:  Bluebeard’s Castle (COC Online); Garden of Vanished Pleasures, Hell’s Fury (Soundstreams); Sweat, Oslo (Studio 180); Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre); Theory (Tarragon Theatre); Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, Dracula, Sweet Charity, You Never Can Tell (Shaw Festival); You Are Mine Own, Feng Yi Ting  (Spoleto Festival USA); Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Pacific Opera Victoria); Up The Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); Domesticated (Company Theatre); Life, Death, and the Blues, CRASH (Theatre Passe Muraille); Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre); The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times/Canadian Tour); Yukonstyle, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); Dance Marathon (bluemouth inc). 
 

Cameron teaches and mentors projection design at the National Theatre School of Canada.

 
Chris Humphrey
Lighting Designer
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  • Houseman at Arts and Letters Club

  • Rental Supervisor at Alumnae Theatre

  • Technical Consultant at St. Anne's Parish Hall

 

Returning to pre pandemic projects with TCO and "Cinderella" with Alexander Showcase Theatre and "The Sorcerer" with MADS.

 

Also returning to Iqaluit for the "Alianait Festival" this summer

 
Amanda Eason
Costume Designer
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Amanda Eason has been designing and sewing costumes for a long time. She’s retired from her career as a high school Music teacher, and continues to play Clarinet.

Amanda has been Costume Designer for various local Opera and Theatre companies over the past 20 years, including Toronto City Opera, Opera York, Bravo Academy and Curtain Club.

 

This opera has been fun to costume, with the help of assistant Sara Baruffaldi, because it is set in “Toronto’s Little Italy in the 1950’s”.

 

This is exactly when and where Amanda grew up. Enjoy the memories!
 

 
Sara Baruffaldi
Assistant Costume Designer
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Sara Baruffaldi is an Italian/British costume designer and Wardrobe supervisor with more than 20 years of experience in the Theatre and Film industry.
 

She started her professional path with Opera and Ballet at La Scala Theatre in Milan developed her proficiency in costume making and vision in designing.


Sara has worked in opera, ballet, music videos, theatre, film and youth theatre in Italy, France, England and Canada.

 

She has designed costumes for dozens of theatre productions, including 'Sweeney Todd', 'Les Miserables', 'Macbeth', 'Hecuba', 'A midsummer night's dream', 'Mnemonic', 'Dissocia', 'Animal Farm' and has worked with prominent Italian video makers such as Erika Errante and British film producers (Honeybee, Reid productions, Hopscotch).

 
Lin-Mei Lay
Stage Manager
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Lin-Mei is a multidiscipline theatre practitioner.  Her primary focus is stage management.  During the pandemic induced hiatus, she has expanded her skills into video editing and gardening.  She is the winner of the inaugural MyTheatre Award for Outstanding Stage Management (2015).  Prior to this, Lin has worked in the IT industry for 15+ years. She is a proud graduate of Humber’s Theatre Production Program. (www.linkedin.com/in/lilay)

 

Select SM Credits: 2015, 2016 Dora Winner, The Chasse-Galerie (Red One: PSM; Kabin / Storefront / Soulpepper: Apprentice SM); La Traviata (Opera York; MSO: ASM); The Merry Widow (Opera York); Retreat (Hart House); The Chance (Leroy Street); Stupid F**king Bird (Bird Collective: SM / Props); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  (Red One); Divine (Red One / Summerworks 2017); Othello (Ale House: PSM).

 

Other Credits: The Story (Common Boots: Head of Props); The Good Doctor Holmes (Tanagra Collective: LD); A Drop of Water (Slice of Pi / FringeTO 2015: LD); We Walk Among You (Artichoke Heart: Head Puppet Builder); Cinéma Vérité! (RUFF 2015: Puppet Builder / Designer); Language (Assistant Production Designer).
 

 
Ness Wong
Assistant Stage Manager
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Ness is graduating from the University of Toronto this year with a Bachelor of Music with a specialist in Comprehensive Music Studies, a major in French Language Learning, and a double minor in History and Asian Canadian Studies.


In the past three years, she has worked on Spring Awakening as a Stage Manager, The Theory of Relativity as a Music Director, and is currently Stage Managing the new original musical Miss You ‘Til Tomorrow. As a musician, she has performed at many venues, including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Meridian Arts Centre.


She is excited to be working on this production of Cavalleria Rusticana as an Assistant Stage Manager, and hopes you enjoy the show!